In An Inconvenient Posting: An Expat Wife’s Memoir of Lost Identity (Summertime Publishing 2012), Laura J Stephens tells of her unexpected experience with depression on moving to Houston, Texas.
In this recent blog post after her book launch – “Over 80 people helped me celebrate and unsurprisingly, I was flushed with excitement to finally have the book in my hand!” – Laura takes a little time to reflect on two of the factors that started her slide into depression: the first day at school for her youngest child and the fact that she could not legally practise as a psychotherapist in Houston.
“Against the backdrop of isolation, which arrival in a foreign posting can bring, I felt the children’s absence keenly,” she writes in the blog. “Although this loss was only one piece in a jigsaw of circumstances, that when pieced together, formed a picture I would call expat depression. My memoir reveals how I spiralled into identity crisis and what helped me find my way back to a happy state of mind – a place from which I could enjoy the posting.
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